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On the Road in the Wintry Cultural Landscape
The ice wine harvest is finished, and the pruning is done. Peace returns to Germany's vineyards. Winter freezes the steep slopes and covers the vineyards in a glittering frost. But the special magic of frozen vines and the gentle glitter of ice crystals is something not to be missed. We recommend getting out and about in the wintry cultural landscape! How about a walk or an individual exploration tour? Baden-Württemberg's wine regions offers a variety of events and guided tours through the wine-producing landscape also during the colder months.
Here come our 7 winter highlights in the vineyards of Baden-Württemberg:
1. WINE EXPERIENCE GUIDES
Warming Wine Moments during a Wine Experience Tour
Torchlit hikes, mulled wine tours or snowy walks: members of the association "Wine Experience Guides Baden-Württemberg" come up with lots of ideas, and not just for spring, summer and autumn. They also offer a varied programme around the vineyards in winter. Pleasure for all the senses is guaranteed. In addition to spectacular views, interesting wine facts and many an entertaining anecdote, there will of course be a regional wine tasting. The fine wines will warm you from the inside. As a particular highlight, in combination with other regional specialities, there are additional gourmet treats from game sausage to Christmas cookies.
2. HEILBRONNER LAND
Mulled Wine Tour in a Covered Wagon
Wine tasting in a covered wagon is a special experience in itself. But a winter tour around the vineyards in the Heilbronn region is particularly cosy. Snuggled up nice and warm in the heated wagon is the perfect way to deal with the cold season. The mulled wine does the rest. If you are still looking for an idea for the office Christmas party or an atmospheric gathering with family or friends, this is the perfect choice. The many informative stories about the country, its people and Württemberg's wine culture are anything but "dry".
3. Kernen im Remstal
Wine Hiking in Winter
Connoisseurs and fans of wine festivals do not have to wait until spring in the Rems Valley. On the final weekend in January, the culinary festival season is already underway, with the 'WinterWeinweg' in the vineyards around Yburg castle in Kernen-Stetten. No fewer than four culinary points offer wines from local wine-growing families, against a backdrop of magnificent views. Regional restaurateurs provide the right sustenance to go with the wine. When it gets dark, lights and torches create a cosy atmosphere. Yburg castle is lit up in fabulous blue. As a special treat, various Guggenmusik groups perform their musical repertoire.
Romantic Atmosphere with Torches, Wine and Fondue
Exercising in the fresh air is known to stimulate the appetite. But that's not the only reason why foodies find this a mouthwatering prospect. On the guided torchlit hike through the wintry vineyards of the Kaiserstuhl region, there is one destination: a romantically situated vineyard hut. And this is where a delicious cheese fondue awaits guests. The "Rebhisli" invites you to feast in a rustic and cosy atmosphere. Regional wines for every occasion are duly available for tasting.
5. GLOTTERTAL'S YOUNG WINEMAKERS
Winter Party in the Vineyard
Wine festivals have a long tradition in Baden and Württemberg. They continue to enjoy great popularity among locals and visitors alike. What could be better than getting together over a fine glass of wine on a balmy summer evening? Just enjoy life. But winter also offers great conditions for a party in the vineyard. As demonstrated by the Glottertal young winemakers ("Glottertäler Jungwinzer") with their "Roter Bur on Fire" event. Under the motto "We'll keep you warm", they invite winter wine fans to the Schlossberg at the beginning of the year. And the temperature is kept nice and toasty with fire, mulled wine, hot cocktails and warm shots.
6. MARKGRÄFLER WeinkOLLEG
Winemaker for a Day
Pruning in winter lays the foundation for a new wine year. But what else do winegrowers have to do during the colder months? The answer can be found at the Markgräfler Weinkolleg. Anyone who wants to can also lend a hand. The one-day seminars take place over the entire course of a wine-making year. They provide plenty of know-how. A hearty vintner's snack and a bottle of wine are part of the deal. However, participants must bring their own work clothes and sturdy shoes, plus an eagerness to learn. It's pretty straightforward!
7. MEERSBURG AT LAKE CONSTANCE
Wellness with foresight
Gift shopping, menu planning, invitation management: if you're looking for a break from the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle, the thermal springs at Meersburg are the place to be. It is located in the heart of the vineyards, directly on the shore of Lake Constance. A visit includes fantastic views while you dream and relax. Enjoy an unbeatable wellness experience at an oriental hammam, a unique sauna world in the style of historical buildings on stilts, as well as a range of bathing options. Hardy types can cool off directly in Lake Constance after their sauna.
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